When prayer is more than just words


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Charles Warner | The Union Times When is prayer more than just words? When it is said as an act of faith by a Christian who believes that God is real, that He can and does hear prayers, and can and does answer them, even if the answer is not what is expected. Prayer can be a meaningless ritual, recited to secure the approval of those around us but otherwise meaningless. It can be an act of superstition like throwing a pinch of salt over your shoulder and just as ineffective. It can be just a force of habit with little force to it. Prayer, genuine prayer, is the believer speaking to God because they believe in Him and believe in the power of prayer. The believer prays knowing prayer can be powerful and that God is even more powerful and therefore can answer that prayer and intervene in the believer’s life and anyone else they are praying for in a decisive and positive way. This seems strange to the non-believer, but the believer knows that while God works in mysterious ways He does work and that includes answering His children’s prayers and drawing them closer to Him as they seek to be drawn closer. Prayer without faith, without belief, is just so much hot air, but prayer with faith, with belief, can, with God’s help, change lives and even change the world.


Lenten Season Continues

Lent is a time to grown closer to Jesus and the people of Union County will have an opportunity to do so at Grace United Methodist Church.

Grace will again host the Community Lenten Services and lunch at noon each Wednesday through Holy Week March 23. Pastors from different churches will bring the message each week and Tommy Bishop, organist at Grace UMC and St. Augustine Catholic Churches has planned special music. This year’s schedule along with the lunch menu is as follows:

March 2 — Rev. Keith Morrison, pastor of First Presbyterian Church — Special Music by Ronnie Lybrand; Lunch – Chicken casserole, green beans, fruit salad, rolls, dessert, tea & coffee.

Mar. 9 — Fr. Mike McCafferty, pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church — Canter, Ron Holden; Lunch — Marinated chicken breast, potato casserole, broccoli salad, rolls, dessert, tea & coffee.

Mar. 16 — Rev. Kermit Morris, pastor of First Baptist Church — Special Music by Daniel Prince; Lunch — pork loin, sweet potatoes, Asian slaw, rolls, dessert, tea & coffee.

Mar. 23 — Rev. A.L. Brackett, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church — Special Music TBA; Lunch — Fried chicken, green beans, macaroni/cheese, biscuits, dessert, tea & coffee.

Please make every attempt to attend these special and meaningful services as we prepare our hearts for Easter.

Saturday, Feb. 27

8-11 a.m. & 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Men of Corinth Baptist Church will have Fish Fry. From 8-11 a.m. they will be serving fish and grits plates. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. they will be serving fish plates, sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc.

The Fish Fry will be held at the future home of Corinth Baptist Church Park at the corner of N. Pinckney and Academy streets.

Please come out and support our men.

Rev. J.A. Calhoun, Pastor.

3 p.m.: Chambertown Community Lighthouse will hold a Family & Friends Day. The speaker will be Pastor Laquita Griffin from Mitchell Chapel Church. All are welcome, looking forward to the fellowship.

7 p.m.: Sardis United Methodist Church, 964 Sardis Road, Union, holds a “Dinner & Live Country Music” event. The menu includes chicken strips, salad, potato bar, green beans, rolls, tea, and dessert. Dinners for adults is $9 and $5 for children accompanied by a paying adult. All proceeds got to Salkehatchie Summer Services.

Sunday, Feb. 28

11:15 a.m.: The Bethesda Baptist Church will have their annual Black History Program. The theme for the program: “This Means WAR!!” Speaker will be Chief Alonzo Thompson — Chief of Police for the City of Spartanburg, SC. All are invited to attend.

Rev. Roderick Olgesby — Pastor

Sis. Kathy Hill and Sis Brenda Gist — Youth Advisors

2:30 p.m.: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Cross Keys holds a Black History Program. The speaker will be Rev. Kenneth Murray from Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Clinton. Rev. Larkin Hancock, Interim Pastor.

3 p.m.: Chambertown Community Lighthouse invites you to come fellowship with us at our Friends and Family Day. Guest speaker will be Pastor Laquita Griffin of Mitchell Chapel Church. Let us come lift up the name of Jesus.

The Bethesda Baptist Church will have their annual Black History Program, Sunday, February 28th at 11:15 A.M. The theme for the program: “This Means WAR!!”. Speaker will be Chief Alonzo Thompson—Chief of Police for the City of Spartanburg, SC. All are invited to attend.

Wednesday, March 2

5:30 p.m.: Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church will hold a Poor Man’s Supper. The menu will include pinto beans, cabbage, stewed potatoes, cornbread, and drink. Desserts are extra. Angie Roof and Shawn Morris will be singing at 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 3

Noon: The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at the USC-Union gazebo. Please come and join with fellow citizens of Union County, and with others in other places as we pray for our country, our community, our state, and also for our world, and for the Church. Pray for God’s guidance in the coming primaries and caucuses. Please pray for our military, our police, EMS personnel, and others who risk their lives to serve and protect us.

All are welcome. If you can’t get to the gazebo, please take some time for special prayer during the day.

Saturday, March 5

7 a.m.-Noon: Philippi Baptist Church, 327 Philippi Church Road, Union, holds its Annual Yard Sale. Items for sale include furniture, baby items, electronics, household items, exercise equipment, etc. All proceeds go toward this year’s Nicaragua Mission Trip.

Sunday, March 6

10:30 a.m.: Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, 557 Kelly Road, Union, hosts a free performance by the gospel group “The Telestials” during worship service. The public is invited.

3 p.m.: The Male Choir of Friendship Baptist Church located at 20 Morning Drive, Spartanburg will hold an anniversary program. The public is invited.

Wednesday, March 23

7 p.m.: James Chapel Baptist Church, 427 Pinckney St., Carlisle, holds its Spring Revival, “This Means War! Soldiers for Christ, God’s Army. The revivalist will be Pastor K. R. Sheppard, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Chapin.

Charles Warner | The Union Times When is prayer more than just words? When it is said as an act of faith by a Christian who believes that God is real, that He can and does hear prayers, and can and does answer them, even if the answer is not what is expected. Prayer can be a meaningless ritual, recited to secure the approval of those around us but otherwise meaningless. It can be an act of superstition like throwing a pinch of salt over your shoulder and just as ineffective. It can be just a force of habit with little force to it. Prayer, genuine prayer, is the believer speaking to God because they believe in Him and believe in the power of prayer. The believer prays knowing prayer can be powerful and that God is even more powerful and therefore can answer that prayer and intervene in the believer’s life and anyone else they are praying for in a decisive and positive way. This seems strange to the non-believer, but the believer knows that while God works in mysterious ways He does work and that includes answering His children’s prayers and drawing them closer to Him as they seek to be drawn closer. Prayer without faith, without belief, is just so much hot air, but prayer with faith, with belief, can, with God’s help, change lives and even change the world.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_IMG_0002.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times When is prayer more than just words? When it is said as an act of faith by a Christian who believes that God is real, that He can and does hear prayers, and can and does answer them, even if the answer is not what is expected. Prayer can be a meaningless ritual, recited to secure the approval of those around us but otherwise meaningless. It can be an act of superstition like throwing a pinch of salt over your shoulder and just as ineffective. It can be just a force of habit with little force to it. Prayer, genuine prayer, is the believer speaking to God because they believe in Him and believe in the power of prayer. The believer prays knowing prayer can be powerful and that God is even more powerful and therefore can answer that prayer and intervene in the believer’s life and anyone else they are praying for in a decisive and positive way. This seems strange to the non-believer, but the believer knows that while God works in mysterious ways He does work and that includes answering His children’s prayers and drawing them closer to Him as they seek to be drawn closer. Prayer without faith, without belief, is just so much hot air, but prayer with faith, with belief, can, with God’s help, change lives and even change the world.
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